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For a lighter, airier space, change the layout of your home!

To have a pleasant living space, the amount of light is a key parameter. If you notice that sun's rays are more easily invited to the upper floor than to the entrance hall and ground floor, you should consider reversing the layout of your accommodation. Sleep downstairs and devote the first floor to the living room, office and activities where light is essential to boost morale and give you maximum energy.

Enjoy the light in complete privacy!

It goes without saying that to get more light in the rooms where you spend most of the time, you will have to leave the windows open, or at least open the blinds when keeping the windows closed. However, this possibility can be ruled out because of too marked an exposure to the eyes of the neighbourhood. No need to light up the living room to be confronted with all the neighbours looking in every time they pass by. Maintain your privacy while enjoying the sun by using the ground floor only to sleep. Note that the upper storey will, therefore, lend itself to more possibilities for creating configurations and layouts conducive to well-being.

The story of Philippe and Julie

This couple decided to reverse the layout of their house to attract the sun to their accommodation while staying away from prying eyes. Julie laughingly commented that 'no passer-by walks with their heads in the air. We don't need curtains.' To further optimize their living spaces, they decided to design a roof garden. Thanks to the installation of a partition, they were able to take full advantage of this outside corner without fear of being overexposed to the neighbourhood and passers-by. Julie adds: 'I decided it wasn't worth devoting part of this small plot to a garden. We would have lost too much living space'. It was indeed a smart solution that transformed the couple's daily life!

Philippe installed a 10 cm layer of soil, and carefully laid a lawn. An automatic sprinkler system was provided to maintain the lawn without constraint or effort. The result is so faultless that one could easily imagine that this rooftop garden being the subject of a feature in GG Magazine. The couple now enjoys regular sunbaths away from prying eyes.

Your layout

And what about you? What will be your next development project? How is your house or apartment organized? Send us your development photos on our Instagram account: @engelvoelkersbe. We would love to share them with our community of real estate enthusiasts.

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